ARCHIVE PAGE 70 - July 2009 - AUG 2009
Previous posts that appeared on the front page of comic book brain.com
Batgirl by Matt Haley and Tom Simmons
From Elseworlds Finest: Batgirl and Supergirl September 1998
Joe Shuster art - Superman #7 Cover Art
Nov-Dec 1940 Issue. Wayne Boring inks. More original run 1939 classic Superman covers.
Not Exactly Opium of the Masses
Tom Spurgeon at Comics Reporter has a story about a meth operation using comic book collecting as a cover to launder money and move the drug across state lines:
"Unsealed records indicate a massive methamphetamine network bringing the drug into Colorado from Phoenix that was busted on August 14 used collectible comic books as a way to launder the money.
...As for the comics angle, the police reported a half-million "at least" in comic books were seized, although how they arrived at that figure I have no idea."
Tom Spurgeon's Comics Reporter tells of how Diamond Distributors, which has a stranglehold on comic book distribution throughout the USA, will suspend shipping out books for the week of Dec 28 as it too closely coincides with Christmas holidays. Spurgeon finds all kinds of problems with this, all of which make sense, and he doesn't once have to bring up Diamonds monopoly to flesh out his list.
Pencils by Gil Kane and inks by Frank Giacola
From Detective Comics #405, November 1970
More Gil Kane
Comic Book Personality Test
The online comic book personality test. Personality tests seem to be somewhat like a combination of actuary table statistics and astrology. The idea behind this online test is to match your personality traits against those of various famous comic book characters.
Periodic Table of Comics
The uky.edu site presents the periodic table of elements via comic books. An interesting way to organize the elements into a familiar frame of reference.
Marvel Comics Anniversary
Marvel Comics has hit number 70 anniversary years today (August 11, 2009) and is celebrating itself in various ways. You can read of it at the marvel web site: Marvel 70.But with anything Marvel, I think of Jack Kirby and it makes such events sour.
Long-time comic writer John Ostrander is battling glaucoma which has severly damaged his eyesight. Fans are encourage to help the effort to fund his medical costs at Comix-4-Sight
Foto strip of 5 shots of large, beautiful muddy trucks plowing through deep water and goo.
The covered blogsite has a running gallery of comic book covers redrawn by contemporary artists. (Thanks to Rick Bradford's poopsheet for the notice) The gallery is a fascinating mixture of styles and covers re-imaged (sometimes imitative, sometimes wildly different). The artwork by Matthew Allison really stood out to me.
Harvey Kurtzman Mad #1
Author Paul Buhle talks about his book on Harvey Kurtzman with Tablet Online Magazine.
More EC Comics
More Harvey Kurtzman
That Salty Air
Above: A page from the Tim Sievert authored parable/adventure tale That Salty Air.
Batgirl by Gil Kane, January 1971
Story by Frank Robbins, from "One Of Our Landmarks is Missing!"
Inks by Vince Colletta
Jim Lee Google
The Jim Lee designed Google theme for the San Diego Comic Convention 2009.
Previously unknown Michelangleo Self-Portrait found in restored Vatican painting - Michelangelo
Bill Harvey Danger World
Bill Harvey has just self-published DangerWorld. The Kirby influence is pretty intense. He has sample pages at his site - beholdcomics.com
Old Man Winter
Above: Panels from the Xeric Award-Winning anthology "Old Man Winter and Other Sordid Tales" by J. T. Yost. Read a review of the book here.
Read about Yost's 2012 Digestate food and comics anthology.
[Below] John Matos Art Print "Wolverine" - Click to enlarge.
Batgirl by Don Heck
Batgirl - "New 52" version
Dan DeCarlo Batgirl
Dan DeCarlo Batgirl and Poison Ivy from Batman Black and White Volume #3
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